$2,000. >> reporter: consumer federation did math for us. let's start with a 2012 ford focus. the sticker price is the same for leasing and buying, $16,697. lease payments $157 a month. buying at 4.5% on a five-year loan, $249 a month. leasing looks cheaper. but, at the end of three years, on the lease, you owe fees, and you don't owe aown any of the car. you have nothing. at the end of three years of buying the car with the loan, you've spent $8,964 in payments, but because you own a piece of the car, your real cost is only $4,985. you have no car value with a lease. >> you don't own that vehicle, and at the end of the lease, you have nothing. >> reporter: the numbers work the same for a 2012 lexus is. at the end of three years, the cost to you of leasing, $14,663.